Africa Confidential Update: April 25th, 2022


Monday 25th April 2022

Dear Reader ,

A political giant and one of the last leading players from the anti-colonial struggle, Emilio Mwai Kibaki, passed away on 21 April triggering multiple eulogies by senior politicians but much more mixed reviews on social media platforms.

Kibaki stayed in the front line of Kenyan politics for five decades. Regarded as a brilliant economist and socially progressive, he failed to restrain those of his peers mired in corruption and political violence.

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The political class salute Mwai Kibaki, the last of the Independence generation

One of the region's most eminent economists, Kibaki stoked growth and cut debt but failed to rein in the corrupt and thuggish barons on all sides of the system

The rival presidential candidates Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have heaped praise on former President Emilio Mwai Kibaki, who has died at 90. He was the last senior political figure in the country to have played a key role in the struggle for Independence from Britain.

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Mwai Kibaki. Pic: DEMOSH (CC BY 2.0)
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